He Forgives The Thug Who Raided His Home And Savagely Beat Him Half To Death
Paul Kohler’s run-in with four burglars back in 2014 marked a changing point in his and his family’s lives.
Kohler’s beating left him with a broken nose, fractured eye socket, and fractured jawbone. This is a picture that was taken right after the incident.
The injuries he sustained left him unrecognizable.
“At the time they thought my skull was fractured because it swelled out so badly,” Kohler recalls to BBC London.
While viciously attacking Kohler, the burglars also threatened his wife Samantha MacArthur. Their daughter Eloise ran to an upstairs room where she called the police.
Pawel Honc and Mariusz Tomaszewski, were two of the burglars that were convicted of causing grievious bodily harm and aggravated burglary. They were sentenced to 19 years in prison.
The other two burglars, Oskar Pawlowicz and Dawid Tychon, pleaded guilty to aggravated battery charges, amounting to thirteen years in prison.
Now 16 months later, Kohler went to confront Tomaszewski— the man who beat him half to death. beat him to a pulp.
Kohler says he desired to “move on from the demon that he was in [his] head”.
“He didn’t try and minimize what he had done. He said he was very sorry, was aware he had fallen from grace, and was aware of his weaknesses. I had met his eyes during the attack, so it was nice to meet them in less trying circumstances. Last time my eyes were pleading, but this time there was equality.” – Kohler
Kohler learned that the burglary wasn’t targetted specifically towards him and his family. It was a case of mistaken identity. The burglars thought they were at a different house and mistook Kohler for someone else. Tomaszewski spoke with the family and he proved to be incredibly remorseful. He pleaded for their forgiveness, which he got.
“I have learned a lot from the whole thing. From the meeting I have learned that forgiving is more rewarding for the forgiver than the forgiven.”
Article: BBC London